When I was youthful, my sister auditioned for commercials, but thought that each individual time a professional aired she had to be somewhere diverse. I am lucky to have a super close household, so she freaked out and failed to want to do it and be absent from us so significantly. So, my dad and mom resolved that maybe it was very best to just push pause on the amusement sector auditions for us the two. But of class, all I wanted to do was be in front of a camera.

I also desired to be Surprise Woman. I grew up looking through comedian books and my mom, who was a teacher, really dressed up as Marvel Female for Halloween just one 12 months. One more character I genuinely connected with was Storm in X-Gentlemen. I think for so a lot of people, myself provided, feeling linked to comics is because a superhero currently being distinct is generally what helps make them particular. It was a house I felt related to since I was pretty aware that I came from a mixed loved ones. I’m multi-racial and at the time you could not seriously obtain a Barbie that appeared like me.

I have generally liked leisure, comics and “geeky” things, and right after university I began to get gigs internet hosting Television reveals in that globe. I really hosted a present known as Geeking Out with Kevin Smith and Greg Grunberg and when I booked it, I got a phone from a producer who informed me Kevin was the 1 who had proposed me as a woman host who actually understood her things. That was great.

Ultimately, I started out taking much more acting courses in LA and booking shows in this article and there, which include Jane The Virgin in 2017 and in Supernatural in 2018, and I also started off to hearing additional and additional: “You know who you type of appear like? Meghan Markle.”

A couple of my girlfriends in New York City advised me that they in fact watched Satisfies because it built them experience like they were being hanging out with me, even nevertheless I lived in LA. Then, the audition for a Life span film about Meghan and Harry came up. I joke that the film was like grad school for performing due to the fact the movie just lined so a lot, from the marriage with a custom made dress, to putting on a baby bump, psychological crying scenes, fights, sexy scenes, stunt coordination and even a pet dog. It was an remarkable knowledge as an actress and accomplishing the study to get to know much more about Meghan and she and Harry as a couple opened up so several wonderful conversations amongst my parents and I. My mothers and fathers went through so much to get married and elevate a spouse and children, so the movie gave us this other link. It felt like a genuine present to stage into even a small piece of Meghan and Harry’s life to participate in that purpose.

Tiffany Smith is a self confessed comedian guide “geek” and is now taking part in Andra, the initial Black character in Kevin Smith’s Masters of The Universe.
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I was definitely influenced to do more volunteer work and communicate up on troubles that have an affect on me. Seeing Meghan proceed to do that, no make a difference how difficult it may be, is a thing I have so substantially respect for. There was a great deal of focus on me, just playing her in a movie, so I are unable to even consider the stage of consideration she encounters.

Not extensive immediately after, an audition for Masters Of The Universe: Revelation came up. I did the audition, but I didn’t want to attain out to Kevin or something, I definitely required my operate to converse for alone. I don’t forget, at the stop of the audition I experienced to say the iconic, “I have the power” line, so I pulled my lightsaber off the wall—because, indeed, I have two—and raised it up over my head as I claimed the line. I realized they’d imagine it was tremendous awesome or go: “Eesh!” Thankfully, a couple of months afterwards I obtained a phone saying I experienced booked the role of Andra.

Andra in Masters of The Universe
Tiffany Smith plays Andra in Kevin Smith’s Masters of The Universe: Revelation
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A few of the previous Masters of The Universe comics showcased Andra in just a few frames. She was a white, crimson-haired female. For Masters of The Universe: Revelation, the creators required to deliver in a new character, and honor the Masters of the Universe lore, so they took the title Andra as an homage and created this new character. I recognized she was going to be the initial new character of shade or diverse character in Kevin Smith’s Eternian universe that’s quite cool. I really like that she’s not a aspect character. She has her have story and drives story way too. When I viewed cartoons increasing up, there wasn’t a great deal of diversity, so I did not see myself in people exhibits. To have a character like Andra, who seemed like me, would have been remarkable. The writers on the demonstrate are also a various bunch, so I enjoy that it can be not reviewed in the exhibit in a “right here is the varied character” way. She’s just Andra and section of the tale. That is actually attractive.

When I noticed the full forged checklist I was absolutely blown absent. It involves actors like Mark Hamill, Lena Headey, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Chris Wood. But we all recorded at distinct occasions and in various sites, which occurs a whole lot in the voiceover world, and we also worked on the clearly show all through the COVID-19 pandemic. So, I was in the booth by myself, with Kevin and our voice director, Collette Sunderman, on Zoom.

The 1st time I essentially met Sarah Michelle Gellar—who performs a character named Teela who is shut with Andra—was on Zoom for the duration of our push day, and then extra a short while ago we experienced a wrap get together. But by that position we might spent a couple of several hours sitting down online and bantering alongside one another. A good deal of the people who are section of this exhibit are persons I admire and search up to. Search at Sarah’s career: I like that she is usually enjoying this kind of solid, remarkable females.

So, I genuinely appreciate obtaining my name on this checklist and remaining a new character who is diversifying this universe even more. The notion that children like me may watch the present and see Andra, see my title on the forged record and hopefully see a little bit of themselves or feel, “I could do that just one day!” is so wonderful! A thing I liked about going to Comic Cons in the past, when we could do so in man or woman, was parents bringing their daughters in excess of, or when a younger girl would come up to me. They would share that looking at me internet hosting exhibits or in a display produced them more comfy to say that they loved this “geeky” stuff, or that they could even see them selves doing a little something related. That is just so particular.

Tiffany Smith plays Andra in Masters of The Universe: Revelation, streaming now on Netflix. You can comply with her on Instagram @tiffany_smith.

All sights expressed in this short article are the author’s very own.

As advised to Jenny Haward.